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Jim Pedley, Managing Editor

Jim Pedley is a veteran, award-winning sports journalist who has worked at, among other places, the Boston Globe, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Kansas City Star. Pedley has spent the last 10 years covering auto racing for the Kansas City Star.

Articles by Jim Pedley

Fans Can Listen To Drivers Meeting
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 – 14:30 | Comments Off
Fans Can Listen To Drivers Meeting

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
They are usually dull and always predictable, but people who have the chance to somehow work their way into a pre-race Sprint Cup drivers meeting usually grin like children all the way through them.
There are probably a variety of reasons for that – the chance to see drivers and crew [...]

Pedley: There Were Few Losers In This Deal
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 – 13:48 | 2 Comments
Pedley: There Were Few Losers In This Deal

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Rick Hendrick can drive a hard bargain. Hey, the guy owns car dealerships, like, coast to coast, so he’s been doing sell jobs for decades. But perhaps his biggest sales pitch came just a couple months ago. It was used against a reluctant mark named Mark Martin.
The pitch was long [...]

It Was Craven vs. Busch In A Finish Too Wild To Tame
Friday, May 8, 2009 – 15:40 | 2 Comments
It Was Craven vs. Busch In A Finish Too Wild To Tame

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
If you were a NASCAR fan in 2003, if you were one of those lunatics whom the straight world looked down upon with a roll of the eyes because you enjoyed watching loud, dirty cars go around in circles for hours on end and then could not wait until the [...]

Kyle Busch Is Also Winning Over The Fans
Sunday, May 3, 2009 – 18:35 | 12 Comments
Kyle Busch Is Also Winning Over The Fans

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
There is a threshold in sports that many of the all-time greats had to cross. Dale Earnhardt Sr. had to cross it, Darrell Waltrip had to cross it, Muhammad Ali had to cross it. It’s the threshold between fans loathing you because of your methods and loving you because of [...]

Pedley: It’s Quantity vs. Quality In Sports-Car Racing
Saturday, May 2, 2009 – 14:00 | 2 Comments
Pedley: It’s Quantity vs. Quality In Sports-Car Racing

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The new Audi R15 TDI is an incredible race car. It sits hunched way-down low, looking like it is morphing into the asphalt surface of the track. From the front, its induction tunnels slant upward, making it look like it’s issuing a hungry smirk.
The Audi’s silver-gray livery, flecked with darker [...]

Ricky Carmichael Trades Pain For Pressure
Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 – 10:10 | Comments Off
Ricky Carmichael Trades Pain For Pressure

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kansas City, Kan. – From the quiet, comfortable air-conditioned safety of his transporter, Ricky Carmichael pointed first to his wrist, then to his shoulder and then his collar bone.  All, he said, were objects of massive attention from doctors during his days as the main guy in motocross racing.
It was [...]

Skinner Gives Randy Moss A Truck Trophy
Monday, Apr 27, 2009 – 16:48 | Comments Off
Skinner Gives Randy Moss A Truck Trophy

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kansas City, Kan. – Randy Moss may not have a Super Bowl ring, but he now has a NASCAR race-victory trophy.
That trophy was earned Monday when Mike Skinner drove a Moss-owned truck to Victory Lane in the rain-disrupted O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway.
“Randy,” [...]

Dixon Returns To Form At Kansas
Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 – 17:54 | Comments Off
Dixon Returns To Form At Kansas

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Yes, Scott Dixon said, finishes of 16th and 15th in the first two races of the 2009 IndyCar Series season were taking a bit of an emotional toll on him and his team.  He said he was noticing long faces and people on the team “were not as nice to [...]

Saavedra Wins Firestone Indy Lights at Kansas
Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 – 12:08 | Comments Off
Saavedra Wins Firestone Indy Lights at Kansas

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kansas City, Kan. – Sebastian Saavedra captured his first career checkered flag in the Firestone Indy Lights Series Sunday when he won the Kansas Lottery 100 at Kansas Speedway.
Wade Cunningham finished second and Mario Romancini was third.
Finishing fourth was Ana Beatriz. It was her third top-five finish of the season.
A [...]

Kansas Weather Unpredictable
Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 – 20:00 | Comments Off
Kansas Weather Unpredictable

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
A couple years ago, officials at Kansas Speedway requested that the date for the IndyCar Series/Camping World Truck Series weekend be shifted off of the Fourth of July Weekend. Too hot.
So the date was moved to late April.
After events of Saturday, might another date shift be requested?
About 50 laps [...]